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The Elementary School (1991)

Obecná skola (original title)
The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school, their class is so wild and indisciplined that their teacher quits and is ... See full summary »

Director:

Jan Sverák

Writers:

Zdenek Sverák (story), Zdenek Sverák (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Tríska ... Igor Hnizdo
Zdenek Sverák ... Fanous Soucek, Eda's father
Libuse Safránková ... Mrs. Souckova
Rudolf Hrusínský ... Schoolmaster
Irena Pavlásková ... Tram driver's wife
Ondrej Vetchý ... Tram driver
Daniela Kolárová ... Maxová, teacher
Eva Holubová ... Cejkova, Tonda's mother
Rudolf Hrusínský ... Cejka, Tonda's father (as Rudolf Hrusínsky Jr.)
Iva Skudrnova Iva Skudrnova ... Kveta Fabianova
Miroslava Skudrnová Miroslava Skudrnová ... Reza Fabianova
Alice Snirychová Alice Snirychová ... Mrs. Fabianova (as Alice Dvoráková)
Petr Cepek ... Magician Radzi Tamil aka Josef Mrázek
Bolek Polívka ... Plíha - Tonda's Neighbor
Zdenek Mucha
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Storyline

The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school, their class is so wild and indisciplined that their teacher quits and is replaced by the militant Igor Hnidzo. He is very strict - but also very just. His weakness is his interest in young women. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elementary School See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

3 actors appear in both this film and the prequel (Barefoot / Po strnisti bos) - Jan Triska, Zdenek Sverak and Ondrej Vetchy. See more »

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Sweet, funny but also dark.
19 August 1999 | by Jan-94See all my reviews

Igor Hnizdo (Jan Triska) arrives as a new tough teacher to work in the elementary school in a small Czechoslovakian town just after the WWII. The movie reflects many of the dark aspects of the Czechoslovakian history. They're being told with a lot of sense for humour but in fact are not so funny because of the historical facts. Scholars are growing within the time background of the 1945 (end of the war) and 1948 (Communistic overthrown) which makes otherwise sweet and funny movie somehow dark from perspective that you know how bad future lies in front of them.


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